Ever since James Comey announced the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State in 2016, Donald Trump has suggested that the FBI did not properly handle its criminal investigation.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, released 79-pages of documents created by the Justice Department that seem to show that several FBI agents had a “conflict of interest” over the Clinton investigation.
The biggest story involves FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and his wife, who was hired by then-Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam — as a member of his senate race team.
Northam has a working relationship with Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton recently campaigned for Northam during his ultimately successful senate race in Virginia.
According to Judicial Watch, five days after the story broke about Clinton’s private email server, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe met with McCabe and his wife.
McCabe and his wife later received $700,000 in donations from Clinton-McAuliffe groups. This constituted a full 40-percent of known campaign funds at that time.
In one of the emails released by Judicial Watch, McCabe sent an email to the Public Affairs division of the FBI in response to the Wall Street Journal article about Jill McCabe’s connections to the Clinton family. In a response to McCabe’s email, then-FBI Director James Comey “had no issue” with the McCabe family’s political activities.
Because of these issues, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the US Special Counsel have opened investigations into whether or not McCabe violated the Hatch Act, a piece of legislation that requires FBI officials to disclose “conflicts of interest” in the form of an ethics report. The Republican-controlled Senate believes that McCabe may not have fully disclosed his wife’s political activity to his superiors, even after the FBI began investigating Clinton.
The Justice Department’s Inspector General is also investigating why McCabe did not recuse himself from the Clinton investigation.
James Comey himself, during his 2017 Senate testimony, all but admitted that the Obama administration did try to suppress the FBI’s investigation of Clinton by suggesting that “criminal investigation” be replaced by the word “matter” in conversations. Comey said that this suggestion came from Attorney General Loretta Lynch. It appears that Lynch and the Obama administration wanted the FBI to limit its investigation so as to protect Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Judicial Watch has publicly claimed that it is fully committed to investigating the true extent of McCabe’s employment history. The group has sent out new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in order to see if McCabe had previously worked on other Clinton-related cases. If Judicial Watch does indeed find that McCabe should have recused himself from the Clinton investigation, based on not only his wife’s political campaign, but also his own employment history, then the Trump administration has a strong case against McCabe, Comey, and the Justice Department.
If President Trump pursues such a case, former Obama administration officials could be forced to testify before the Senate. Such a display could disrupt the media and Democrat-driven narrative that the Trump administration is uniquely corrupt, and did not face any intrigue from outgoing Obama officials.